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Sewing Machines @ Locked Out

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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The best kept secret in music


"...[R]ollicking American folk-pop, landing at some hook-heavy intersection of the Band and Fleet Foxes. Try as you might, I don’t think you’re going to be able to hear songs like 'Celebrate' or 'A Little Rain' without remembering at least part of the chorus... [Sundays] is lush, meticulous, and hooky as hell." - Joshua Sharp


Bodies of Water (LP - Oct. 2009)
Sundays (LP - June 2008)
More Songs About Weather and Cigarettes (EP - March 2008)
Born Again (EP - December 2007)
!!!!Sewingmachines (EP - June 2007)



Sewing Machines is the pastoral fever dream of 23-
year-old singer / songwriter / producer / mutli-instrumentalist Max Horwich. He stitches together naive melodies about love, loss, hope, confusion, getting high, and the weather in a voice both nostalgic and urgent, simultaneously channeling rock icons like Neil Young, Frank Black, and the Band member of your choice (he's been compared to all of them), as well as young luminaries like Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, and Deer Tick. On record, Horwich creates vast, hazy soundscapes with dense orchestration and washes of reverb for his songs to inhabit. On stage, he explodes with a vibrant energy and magnetic stage presence that defy his diminutive form.

Sewing Machines took form in the musical hotbed of Wesleyan University, where
Horwich studied traditional folk and avant-garde jazz and classical music with
living legends Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton (who claims to have �walked
around three feet off the ground for a week� after seeing Sewing Machines in
concert). It was there that he met fellow music students Adam Tinkle (guitar,
pedal steel), Michael Hurder (bass, guitar, keys, vox), Ben Seretan (bass, guitar,
vox), and Max Lavine (drums), who would form the core of Sewing Machines�
rotating line-up. Over the course of 2007 and 2008, the band refined their live set
and recorded their full-length debut
in an on-campus studio fondly dubbed
�the Submarine.� In the summer of �08, they took to the road, playing 20 shows in
clubs, bars, stores, living rooms, and museums across the eastern half of the United
States, all in just over three weeks.
When the tour ended in Chicago, Horwich and Hurder settled
there and found an apartment together, where they now organize
DIY concerts, house touring bands, practice and record
relentlessly, and occasionally sleep.
In August of 2008,
was made available for free download through Future Folk Records (, a web-label that Horwich co-runs with producer/DJ/sound artist Rod O�Connor. Get your copy today!